WWE Over the Limit

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WWE Over the Limit
WWE Over the Limit 2012 logo
WWE Over the Limit 2012 logo
Brand(s)Raw (2010–2011)
SmackDown (2010–2011)
First event2010
Last event2012
Signature match types"I quit" match

WWE Over the Limit was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The event was created in 2010, replacing Judgment Day as the annual May PPV. The name "Over the Limit" was a reference to the hardcore-based match types that occurred as the main event match for each year: an "I quit" match in 2010 and 2011 and a No Disqualification match in 2012. John Cena competed in the main event match at all three Over the Limit events. In 2013, Over the Limit was scheduled for the October PPV slot but was replaced by Battleground.


In 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) replaced their previously annual May pay-per-view (PPV) Judgment Day with a new PPV titled Over the Limit.[1] The inaugural event was held on May 23, 2010, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.[2] Over the Limit would be a short-lived PPV, however, as the 2012 event was the final Over the Limit event held.[3] A 2013 event had been scheduled for October that year, but it was canceled and replaced by Battleground.[4] The name "Over the Limit" was a reference to the hardcore-based match types that occurred as the main event match for each year: an "I quit" match in 2010 and 2011 and a No Disqualification match in 2012.[2][5][3]

Over the Limit was introduced during WWE's first brand extension period, in which the promotion divided its roster into brands where wrestlers were exclusively assigned to perform.[6] As such, the 2010 and 2011 events featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands.[2][5] The first brand extension ended in August 2011.[7] Also in April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name of World Wrestling Entertainment, with the "WWE" abbreviation becoming an orphaned initialism for the promotion.[8]

In October 2021, WWE revealed their PPV calendar for 2022,Over the Limit and was not included. However, the exact events for some scheduled dates were not revealed, including to be announced events for May which are the three months that previous Over the Limit events have taken place in[9]


# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Over the Limit (2010) May 23, 2010 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena John Cena (c) vs. Batista in an "I quit" match for the WWE Championship [2]
2 Over the Limit (2011) May 22, 2011 Seattle, Washington KeyArena John Cena (c) vs. The Miz in an "I quit" match for the WWE Championship [5]
3 Over the Limit (2012) May 20, 2012 Raleigh, North Carolina PNC Arena John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena in a No Disqualification match where if Cena won, Laurinaitis would be fired, and anyone who interfered would be fired [3]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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  1. ^ "Pay-Per-View Calendar". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c d "Over the Limit". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Recent WWE attendance figures (5/19 to 5/21)". Wrestleview.com. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  4. ^ Salgado, Sebastian (July 30, 2013). "WWE officially announces the Battleground PPV". Super Luchas. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Over the Limit". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make Raw and SmackDown Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2002-03-27. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  7. ^ Nemer, Paul (August 30, 2011). "Raw Results – 8/29/11". Wrestleview. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Sacco, Justine; Weitz, Michael (April 7, 2011). "The New WWE" (Press release). Connecticut: WWE. Retrieved November 25, 2021.{{cite press release}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ WWE.com Staff (October 25, 2021). "WWE unveils 2022 pay-per-view schedule". WWE. Retrieved October 27, 2021.

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